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AFRICA/ERITREA - Clinics and schools closed: the regime prohibits Christian social activities
Asmara - "In Eritrea, the regime has begun to persecute religious confessions and, in particular, the Catholic Church. The objective ... ...



AMERICA/MEXICO - San Felipe de Jesús Foundation pulls children away from streets, mafia and exploiters

Mexico City – Street children are "invisible: no one sees them", says Rev Francisco Crisanto, diocesan priest and director of the Foundation “Fondazione San Felipe de Jesús” FSFJ, which years ago reorganised and “Hogares Providencia” activity started by Spanish Scolopian priest Fr. Chinchachoma. "To render them visible was his great ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/CHINA - Advent young people principal actors

Xi An –Young members of the local Seraphim Movement were the principal actors on the solemnity of Christ the King and continue mission work through Advent in Christ the King parish in the archdiocese of Xi An . Mons. Antonio Dang MingYan thanked the faithful for their activity in particular ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Alindao Massacre; Cardinal Nzapalainga calls for an international inquiry

Bangui -“We ask for an international enquiry into the massacre in Alindao” said Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop Bangui, who went to the town in south-east of Central Africa where on 15 November ex Seleka rebels of the UPS under general Ali Darassa killed at least 60 persons most of them ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - Bishop of Kaya resigns, successor appointed

Vatican City – The Holy Father, Pope Francis accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Kaya , presented by Bishop Thomas Kaboré. The Holy Father appointed Bishop of Kaya, Théophile Nare of the clergy of Koupéla, former rector of the Major Inter-diocesan St. Pierre Claver Seminary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE - Auxiliary Bishop of Maputo appointed

Vatican City – The Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Maputo Rev. António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo of the clergy of Chimoio, until now parish priest of the Cathedral, assigning to him the titular see of Arsennaria.Rev. António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo was born in Soalpo , ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/INDIA - A remote diocese in the North East now has the largest church in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh

Miao - In a small village in the district of Changlang, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, north east India, the largest church in this Indian state was recently blessed and consecrated. Fides was told that in Neotan, a village in Arunachal Pradesh on the border with Myanmar, in ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Jesuit project: providing aid for migrants and fighting xenophobia

Caracas - Material assistance while fighting a cultural battle against rising xenophobia: these are the pillars of a project to assist Venezuelans fleeing their country launched by the Jesuits in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the support of North American and European brother Jesuits. Venezuela is a country deep ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Archbishop Arshad: “May Baptised Christians be promoters of peace and hope”

Islamabad – “Today there is urgent need of peace and hope in this city and indeed all over the country. The people are destitute and losing hope. As Christians in the Catholic diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, we must be ambassadors of peace and hope, not only for the local Church but ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Bishops say Syrian refugees must be repatriated without waiting for political solution to the conflict

Bkerké – Lebanon “can no longer carry the weight of Syrian refugees”, and therefore it is necessary to “dissociate the political solution of the conflict in Syria from the necessary return of the displaced to their homes ". This urgent matter was underlined once again by the Maronite Bishops on ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Durban appointed

Vatican City – The Holy Father Francis on 9 December 2018 appointed Bishop Abel Gabuza until now Bishop of Kimberley in South Africa, Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Durban . Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/TANZANIA - Bishop of Tunduru-Masasi appointed

Vatican City – The Holy Father Francis on 8 December 2018 appointed Bishop of Tunduru-Masasi Rev. Filbert Felician Mhasi of the clergy of Mahenge, until now parish priest of the Cathedral in Kwiro.The new Bishop was born on 30 November 1970 in Biro, Diocese of Mahenge, and he attended secondary ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/JORDAN - Website shows irreverent images of Jesus. Latin Patriarchate Schools protest

Amman - Schools in Jordan belonging to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem protested vehemently against the Al Wakeel website which recently caused scandal among the Christians of the Hashemite Kingdom with irreverent images of Jesus and the Apostles in the scene of the Last Supper. The image in question showed ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/INDONESIA - Resignation of the Archbishop of Medan and appointment of successor

rVatican City – The Holy Farther Francis on 8 December 2018 accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of Medan , presented by Mons. Anicetus Bongsu Sinaga, O.F.M. Cap. The Holy Father appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Medan Friar Kornelius Sipayung, O.F.M. Cap., until now Provincial Minister of Medan.The new Archbishop ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

VATICAN - The beatification of the Algerian martyrs : “the Church wishes to continue to work for dialogue, harmony and friendship

Oran – “Commemorating the death in Algeria of these nineteen Christian victims, the Catholics of Algeria and of the world wish to celebrate these martyrs faithful to God’s project for Peace that inspires all hearts. At the same time they wish to include in their prayers all the sons and ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/INDIA - Resignation of the Bishop of Cuddapah

Vatican City – The Holy Father Francis accepted today the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Cuddapah , presented by Bishop Prasad Gallela. Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Apostolic Vicar Hinder: “The Pope in the Emirates, historic step for Muslim-Christian dialogue and for peace”

Abu Dhabi - " Pope Francis’ visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the first visit of a Pope, is a key moment for dialogue between Muslims and Christians": Fides was told by Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of southern Arabia, which includes United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. “We will welcome ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

AFRICA/KENYA - Kenyan priest killed in a robbery

Nairobi – A Kenyan priest has been killed in a robbery. The morning of 10 December, Fr. John Njoroge Muhia parish priest at Kinoo, Kiambu, 25 km from Nairobi, was on his way to a bank in the town of Kikuyu to deposit the offerings of the faithful when he ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

ASIA/PALESTINE - For Christmas no exit permits for Christians in Gaza

Gaza – This year Christians in Gaza will not have permission from the Israeli authorities to cross the border at Erez in order to visit relations and friends in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other towns in the Holy Land Terra to celebrate Christmas together. According to the Middle East Concern organisation ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

OCEANIA/ PAPUA NEW GUINEA - “Called to fullness of life and love”: Young people follow Blessed ToRot

Rabaul – “Called to fullness of life and love”: is the theme of a National Youth Congress taking place in Vunapope, a province of New Britannia, in Papua New Guinea, with the participation of 260 young people from various dioceses of the country who have an opportunity fo live days ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18

VATICAN - Churches in Asia and Migration: study seminar

Vatican City – To explore the context and the faces of the mission of the Church in Asia in relation to migration today: with this goal from 10 to 15 December a group of Christian scholars, theologians and experts are gathered in Rome at CIAM for a study seminar. The ... Read More ...
Posted on: 12/12/18



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